Posted on Monday, September 14, 2020

Patients who are in palliative care and struggle with behavioral health would likely have improved outcomes if their behavioral health needs were incorporated into their care model. Unfortunately, palliative care providers who are trying to integrate these programs struggle with workforce shortages and a lack of understanding of this type of need.

“Many people living with serious medical illnesses also suffer from comorbid behavioral health issues,” according to a recent report from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). “Patients may be receiving some kind of behavioral health support, but even when available these interventions are time-limited or poorly aligned amidst myriad scenarios. Patients at the interface of behavioral health and serious illness care almost always require additional social services that go beyond the immediate clinical realm.”

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